6 Rules to Flawless Skin Without Spending a Cent
Do you dream of having soft dewy complexion? Unfortunately, not everybody is born with beautiful fuss-free complexion. Some of us need more work and attention than others. But no matter your skin type, there are some basic rules to attain fresh and glowing complexion. All you need is a little discipline in forming good back-to-basics skincare habits.
Rule 1: Never sleep with makeup on
Is sleeping with makeup on really bad? According to leading dermatologists, the answer is: Apparently so. “Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to free radicals which your makeup holds on to” says Dr Eric Schweiger, founder of Clear Clinic, a NYC-based dermatological clinic. He adds “Free radicals cause the breakdown of healthy collagen, which results in fine lines on the skin. Makeup can also clog pores while you sleep. This results in the development of acne.” What is the biggest makeup culprit? “Foundations and thick oil-based primers. They prevent the skin from naturally renewing itself at night causing blackheads, acne and dullness” says Dr Erin Gilbert, another NYC dermatologist.
Rule 2: Drink plenty of water
Yes, you have heard it before and it works! Skin is the largest organ in our body and undoubtedly it requires the most care and maintenance. Drinking 8 to 10 glasses of water a day allows our body to flush out toxins, cleanse our internal bits and rejuvenate cellular activity. Drinking water means drinking plain and mineral water. Sugary canned drinks, fruit juices and your morning cup of coffee or tea do not count. While they may all be liquids, they do not do as good a job in cleaning your body as good old plain water.
Rule 3: Cleanse and moisturize daily
For flawless healthy-looking skin, the bare minimum routine is cleansing and moisturizing – and do it religiously. Twice a day, everyday. While there is nothing wrong with choosing products specified for all skin types, it is most beneficial to choose the right products formulated for your skin type. Not all cleanser and moisturizers work the same on different skin types.
Rule 4: Exfoliate and mask weekly
This is probably what a lot of women don’t do. However, it is the most essential way of getting clearer and healthier-looking skin. Exfoliation buffs away dead skin cells and keeps pores from clogging. It also speeds up the skin’s cellular renewal process. Combine exfoliation with a weekly facial mask to allow the skin to get that extra boost. Anyone can benefit from a facial mask. The trick is to find the right mask for your skin. If you have oily skin, you need a clay-based mask to draw and lift excess oil from your skin. If you have dry skin, you need a gel-based hydrative mask to put moisture back into your skin.
Rule 5: You gotta sweat it out
Perspire. Sweat. Whatever you want to call it. Physical activity is not only good for your body, it is also good for your skin. When you exercise, your heart and lungs are kicked into gear to deliver oxygen-rich blood to your muscles and skin – giving you that flushed sensation. The boost of blood, oxygen and nutrients supply to the skin improves collagen production. Skin is smooth and plump. Sweating is also an effective way of purging the body of toxins that could be clogging your pores causing acne. Some have said that working up a good sweat is the equivalent of getting a mini facial.
Rule 6: Avoid the sun
Sun exposure is the leading cause of many skin woes. Wrinkles, age spots, freckles, dry skin, loose saggy skin and rough “leathery” skin are all exacerbated by sun exposure. If exposure is excessive, it can even lead to skin cancer. Solution? Either plan your outdoor activities in the early mornings or late afternoons or wear sun protection. Best to avoid the sun between 10am to 4pm. Anything more than 15 minutes exposure, you really should be wearing SPF sun protection.